Class Policies for Mr. Santowski's Math Classes


1. Respect yourself. Expect the best and give your best.

2. Respect others. Be courteous, polite and mindful of others in the classroom. Be constructive in your criticism and be helpful to others. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

3. Model honesty: Be honest with yourself, with me and with others. Make sure that your work is your own.

4. Model integrity in all you do: in your work, in your behaviour, in who you are.

5. Character: What you do and how you do it and why you do it is largely a reflection of your character! So decide NOW on what character you have and wish to continue to develop as this course progresses. General rule of thumb .... as in Math, as in LIFE. Think about it!

6. Lesson Conduct: My expectation is that you participate in the development of the concept/skill during the lesson. So, during the lessons, do not be disruptive or talking in class or do not be OFF-TASK. You are only harming yourself .... plus the person(s) with whom you are talking. During class time which is designated for homework or group work, do not be disruptive or unfocused. Stay on task!

7. Below are the key homework policies you should know:

(a) Feel free to collaborate with your peers, but make sure your work is your own

(b) Include date, lesson title, page number and questions at the top of your HW.

(c) Do your homework the evening the lesson was taught.

(d) All homework MUST be checked against the answers which are usually provided.

(e) Homework is due the next class before the start of the lesson. If your homework is not completed, the incompletion WILL BE NOTED in my records & parents will be advised, but you will have until the end of the unit to complete and submit any late homework and still potentially receive full credit for the work.

8. The following are key assignment policies you should know:

(a) Feel free to collaborate with your peers, but make sure your work is your own.

(b) All assignments are due on the day specified at the beginning of class.

(c) Late assignments: you have until I return marked assignments to submit them (Usually 2-3 days) at the discounted rate of -25% per day.

(d) Include a copy of the rubric and the question page with your work.

(e) All work should be word processed and graphs should be computer/calculator generated.

9. The following are key Test policies you should know:

(a) New to this year’s IM2 course is a Test Reflection and Correction initiative. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon their mistakes/misunderstandings and will have the opportunity to record reflections and then make corrections of their solutions/answers. Students can thereby potentially receive full make-up credit on their test scores. Full make-up credit will be earning back up to half of the points missed on a Test IF ALL CORRECTIONS TO PROBLEMS AND ERRORS ARE IN FACT CORRECT. For example, a student scoring 70% on a Test has lost 30% due to errors/misunderstandings. Upon successful completion of the Reflection & Correction, the student will have earned back 15%, making the final recorded Test score an 85%.

(b) Timeline: Students will have one week from the return of the Test in order to complete the Reflection & Correction.

(c) Condition #1: Students will complete the Reflections & Corrections in our classrooms, during free periods i.e. lunch, break, before school, after school (BUT NOT during class-time & NOT at home with tutors)

(d) Condition #2: Students MUST BE current on ALL homework assignments & other class assignments that were presented in our current unit.

10. The following are key attendance policies you should know:

10.1 TESTS: If you are absent for a test, your parents will email me (as well as the school - HS Office)that morning. You will also present a note to the office AND TO ME upon your return, and write a make-up test on the day of your return. Failure to comply: this qualifies as an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE and will result in a 0% score on the test and NO retake. If you are going to miss a test due to extracurricular activities, inform me prior to the activity.

10.2 ASSIGNMENTS: Since your assignment is word processed anyway, you will email me your assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS.

10.3 LESSON: You are required to do the lesson on your own at home (seeing that they are posted on this site and since you have a textbook)! All assigned homework MUST be completed (seeing that it is posted on this site and since you have a textbook). If you have questions, ask your classmates or email me.

10.4 HOMEWORK: You will submit your homework from the previous lessons and/or from the lesson(s) you missed.

10.5 Students who will be legitimately absent for a prolonged period of time should notify me in advance of the absenteeism and obtain an outline of the topics and a list of pages that will be studied (i.e. sports, family issues, etc....)

10.6 Exceptions will be made on an individual basis for legitimate affairs like family emergencies etc....

11. Laptop Policy: You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer to class! My only REQUEST is that the use of the laptop (especially the INTERNET) be LIMITED to RELEVANT CLASS ACTIVITIES. I have one simple rule ==> if I have to close your laptop screen, you cannot reopen it!!

12. Extra Help: I will make myself available to you at any mutually agreed upon time. My free periods are Blocks B, E and G. I usually arrive to my class/office at 7:00 am and remain at school after classes, usually until 5:00 - 5:30 pm. Additionally, I am available every lunch period and during break time.

13. Where to find me: I will usually be in CLASSROOM 224